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The stigma surrounding mental health often stops men from seeking help when they need it the most, and men with emotional stress and mental health concerns are less likely to get mental health treatment than women. However, depression and suicide are ranked as a leading cause of death among men. Recognizing the signs that you or someone you love may need treatment is an important first step.
Men in Agriculture
Men dealing with stress are less likely to receive mental health treatment than women.
Men in Agriculture...
The cause of stress for many men in agriculture has its roots in financial and legal challenges of the farm or ranch business. The Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services (KAMS) is a state agricultural mediation program that helps farmers and ranchers explore options through mediation as well as other financial and legal concerns they might have. For example, KAMS helps with appeal options for USDA adverse decisions: farm loan delinquency, denial, or adverse decisions for USDA farm programs. Call and talk to a KAMS attorney at no cost.
Kansas Farm Bureau offers educational resources to help in times of stress, including mental/behavioral health videos and webinars.
While mental illnesses affect both men and women, the prevalence of mental illnesses in men is often lower than women. Men with mental illnesses are also less likely to have received mental health treatment than women in the past year. NIMH provides warning signs and assistance for men with mental health concerns.
African American men are as likely as anyone else to have mental illness, but they are less likely to get help. To help start conversations about mental health, NIMHD and Omega Psi Phi have launched Brother, You're on My Mind: Changing the National Dialogue Regarding Mental Health Among African American Men. Materials in the toolkit can be found on the website.
This CDC website provides valuable information on mental health basics and types of mental illness, including helpful background on factors that can cause mental illness or otherwise impact mental health.